Assets case verdict: Jayalalithaa calls crucial cabinet meeting

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Chennai, Sept 23: Tamil Nadu chief minister Jayalalithaa has called a crucial cabinet meeting to decide on her party AIADMK's further plans. The verdict on a 18-year-old assets case against Jayalalithaa is set to be pronounced on Saturday in a special court in Bangalore.

There are also rumours that the CM might resign before leaving for Bangalore to attend the court proceedings, says a Mathrubhumi news report.  Jaya has been ordered to present herself before the court on Sept 27.

The report says that AIADMK is mulling resignation as they believe it would help Jaya improve her public image.

The resignation might happen on Tuesday as the day is considered auspicious according to Tamil calender, says the report.

However in 2011, when she was the CM, Jaya had presented herself before the court in the same case. Jayalalithaa has been accused of accumulating property worth Rs. 66 crore disproportionate to her known sources of income during her tenure as CM of Tamil Nadu between 1991 and 1996.

SHer foster son Sudhakaran and her companion Sasikala Natarajan have also been booked along with her.

The case was filed by the state vigilance department and a few months after the FIR was filed in September 1996, Jaya was arrested and had to spend a few days in jail.

In 2003, the case had to be shifted to a special court in Bangalore following a Supreme Court order on a petition filed by Anbazhagan, a leader of the Opposition DMK, saying unbiased judicial proceedings were not possible in Tamil Nadu after Jayalalithaa's return to power.

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